Here are links to documents related to the union’s fight with management that resulted in its winning office space, equipment, and four full time positions for the President, Chief Steward, Senior Vice-President and President-Elect (this position title was changed to Executive Vice-President in an amendment to the Union’s By-Laws). These include the Agreement with management over these subjects, the Negotiability Appeal and Decision, the OSS “Help’ letter and representative response letters – from citizens, to and from management, and to and from Members of Congress.

First is a letter to Federal Labor Relations Authority appeals judge Nossman re: denial of an Unfair Labor Practice charge filed against EPA for libelously claiming the union sought official time for expert witness testimony. It shows the intensity of the conflict.OT ULP denial appeal

This has two letters: One from Grizzle to Sen. Brock Adams asserting that the union wants to use official time to represent the New York State Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation (NYSCOF), and one from NYSCOF debunking Grizzle’s assertion.Grizzle Adams NYSCOF

Next are memoranda covering the union’s concern about the scientific validity of EPA’s drinking water standards for fluoride, and letters to and from a citizen and Senator John Seymour and from Grizzle to Seymour.fluoride related Grizzlecitizen Congress Grizzle

Now a citizens’ response via petition dealing with toxic carpet and citizens with Multiple Chemical Sensitivity petition letter to Congress This is followed by a letter from a citizen to Congress, and responses from the Congressman.citizen Congress letters1 and a sample letter from the union to several Members of CongressUnion letter to Congress.  

Here is a letter to Congressman Mike Synar, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Environment, Energy and Natural Resources, Committee on Government Operations that deals with a year’s worth of struggle with management over the toxic carpet issue, followed by a Request for Information on carpet purchases and installation at EPA HQ.Letter to Synar re carpet  Note in the following that management did not respond to requests 9, 10 and 11. Number 10 asked for copies of correspondence between EPA and the carpet manufacturer. One has to wonder if  the whole idea of  denying the TSCA petition and setting up the Carpet Policy dialogue instead, which could be run so as to keep industry happy, was prearranged.Info request re carpet

Here is a representative piece of strategy planning for OSS OSS planning and a piece by columnists Jack Anderson and Dale Van Atta in the Washington Post about the union struggle with management.Wash Post on OSS

Next are another copy of the union’s appeal for help, a.k.a. the “OSS” letter, followed by a sample of the many letters to Administrator Reilly copied to the union. (A few lack their second page.) Note the cc’s to Members of Congress. Responding to letters from Members of Congress with detailed answers to questions posed by the Members is not a cut-and-dried exercise. Great pressure was thus brought to bear on the union’s behalf.      OSS ltr and citizens 2 EPA

And finally the Negotiability Appeal and the FLRA Decision on the Appeal upholding the union’s right to bargain over the uses claimed, followed by the Agreement between the union and EPA on Official Time.Negotiability Appeal Negotiability Decision Signed Official Time Agreement